Monday, March 11, 2013
As part of the “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit in Bremen, Ga., the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir performed a selection of folk hymns and songs at the new Hamilton-McPherson Fine Arts Center on Sunday, March 10. A large crowd filled the theatre to listen to the choir perform songs including “Georgia on My Mind,” “Go Where I Send Thee,” and a beautiful rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
The exhibit, a traveling exhibition that explores the early traditions of American music, will remain open in Bremen, Ga., at the Warren Sewell Library until March 23. The New Harmonies Traveling Smithsonian exhibit, sponsored by the University of West Georgia, has journeyed through the state of Georgia since 2012.
The exhibit offers visitors an opportunity to learn about American history and culture through the origins and evolution of American music. Consisting of 8 colorful interactive displays, the exhibit features stories, photographs and musical objects. It also includes a listening station where guests can hear samples of roots music.
UWG Professor of History Dr. Ann McCleary is the state scholar for the exhibit. McCleary and Susan Foreman, a UWG graduate student, produced a catalog for the exhibit that contains a history of Georgia roots music traditions. The pair has traveled statewide to assist communities with preparing and developing programs for the exhibit, and they have assisted the Georgia Humanities Council with promoting the exhibit.
For more information on New Harmonies or to listen to examples of Georgia’s musical styles, click here.